Step 1: Supplies
A sewing machine (one that can do a straight stitch and a zig zag stitch)
Straight Pins and Hand Sewing Needles
Thread (conventional AND glow in the dark thread--this can be found at any local fabric store, and comes in an array of colors)
3 fabric choices
Fabric A (1/4 yd) is an outer fabric that will make up the ear flaps
Fabric B (1/2 yd) is a contrasting outer fabric that will create pockets etc...
Fabric C (1/2 yd) is a lining fabric (I chose a faux fur because it is soft, warm and doesn't make me feel guilty about wearing thumper on my head)
2 matching buttons
Paper for making a pattern (I just used computer paper)
An iron (preferably one with steam)
Step 2: The Pattern and Cutting (creating the Pieces You Need)
The Hat Cap Piece (which looks like a curvey triangle) is 5 3/4" long and 3 5/8" wide at the base
The Hat Band (which is not pictured) is 1" wide X 23 1/4" long
The Hat Front Flap (a half circle) is 9" long and 3" tall
The Hat Ear Flap (The curved piece) is 7" long and 6" tall at its widest (the thinnest section is 2" wide)
The Pocket front is a 2 1/2" square
The Pocket depth is 1" X 7 1/2"
The Pocket flap is 2 1/2" long by 3/4" tall
The Flower Petal is 2 1/4" tall, and is 2 1/4" at it's widest (the base is 1" wide)
****VERY IMPORTANT!***** Before cutting, please note that NONE of these pattern pieces (with the exception of the flower petals) have seam allowance! I would reccomend a 1/2" seam allowance around the entirety of these pieces, to be added on during the cutting process.
Now that you have your pattern, you'll need to cut the following pieces out of the following fabrics...
Fabric A (I used a pink floral)
3 Hat Cap Pieces
1 Hat Ear Flap (Cut on the fold, so that you have a "U" shape and a flap for each ear)
3 flower petals (without seam allowance)
Fabric B (I used a green zebra print)
3 Hat Cap Pieces
1 Hat Band
1 Hat Front Flap
2 Pocket Fronts
2 Pocket Depths
2 Pocket Flaps
3 Flower Petals (without seam allowance)
Fabric C (the fur)
6 Hat Cap Pieces
1 Hat Band
1 Hat Front Flap
1 Hat Ear Flap (also cut on the fold)
Once everything is cut, then you get to rock out to some righteous glow in the dark pandemonium!!
Step 3: GLOOOOOOW IN THE DARRRRKKKK!
** If you are using a solid fabric, it might be fun to make up your own pattern or series of random lines in this thread**
Step 4: Assembling the Dome
Then, sew a third triangle onto this configuration, making sure to alternate fabrics (image 2).
Repeat these steps, so that you have 2 pieces composed of 3 triangles each.
Once you have this, pin the rounded edges of your 2 larger pieces with right sides together, and create a seam, thus making a domed shape (image 3)!
Step 5: Adding the Hat Band and Ear Flaps
Then, using this seam as the center back of your hat, pin it to your dome so that it can be seamed and folded down (image 2).
After pressing, attach the ear flap piece by lining up it's center with your center back seam, pinning, and stitching (Image 3).
These steps should result in the basic hat shape, or your shell (image 1)!
***Repeat steps 4 and 5 with your lining fabric, but alternating patterns is obviously not necessary. It is also important to leave a 4" section of one of the lining dome pieces open for later use.***
Step 6: Creating the Front Flap
Step 7: Creating the Cartridge Pockets
After this, hem the tops of the pockets (now including the top of the pocket depth) by folding the fabric over 1/4" and then 1/4" again, assuming you are using 1/2" seam allowance (image 2).
Once thus is is done, press the side of the pocket depth NOT already sewn inward toward the pocked inside at 1/2" (or your seam allowance), and press the pocket top and depth in a folded fashion, so that the depth is underneath the pocket front.
Next, topstitch (essentially sew right along your folded depth edge) the pocket depth to the ear flap, lining up the top of the pocket with the bottom of the hat band. The exact placement of the pocket is entirely up to you, but I chose to place mine about 1 1/2" away from the raw edge of the ear flap.
The next step is to create the pocket top flap. Fold this piece lengthwise, and stitch around the open edges, leaving an opening to turn the flap right side out. After pressing this flat and folding the raw edges of the hole area into the flap innards, lay the pocket flap slightly above and over the pocket itself (with the edge with the hole in it furthest away from the pocket). Then, topstitch the top of the pocket flap (image 3)
Finish with a good pressing!
NOTE: If the whole pocket depth aspect is confusing, you could also just press the pocket front piece so that there are finished edges, and topstitch this piece onto the hat. This is a more sleek look, and requires less time.
***Don't lose hope, you're almost done!***
Step 8: Pretty Details!
Then, create your flower by encompassing each petal with a short, wide zig zag stitch in the glow in the dark thread. Then, fold each petal into a V shape at the bottom in order to create some depth, and stitch them all together in the center, creating a circle of petals. Finally add a button to the center of the flower and stitch it to your hat wherever you choose!
Step 9: Attaching Lining to Shell
Then, turn both the lining and shell inside out, and with right sides together, pin the bottom edge of the hat together (image 1). This means that your ear flap edges and hat band section (the one with the front flap) will have lining pinned to them.
Before stitching this, insert a piece of yarn into the hat at the bottom of each ear flap (sandwiched between the shell and lining), in order to form ties for your hat. Most of the length of these yarn ties should not be visible from the outside of the hat as it currently stands (which is inside out!).
After this addition, stitch the bottom edge of the hat, making sure to go over the yarn areas a few times in order for them to remain solid.
Step 10: Finishing the Hat!
Finally, turn off the lights, and trip out to your glow in the dark crazy hat!
**Note- the glow in the dark thread glows particularly well when it is exposed to bright light!**